Queen Gretta To Reign Over Apple Blossom Festival


WENATCHEE, Wa.- The 99th Washington State Apple Blossom Festival officially kicked off in grand fashion Saturday night.

Saturday’s Cashmere Valley Bank Royalty Selectiion Pageant played to a packed auditorium at Wenatchee High School. NCWLIFE covered the event live. Queen Gretta Wiersma is the daughter of Don and Sue Wiersma. Princess Sophie Castillo is the daughter of Miguel and Megan Castillo. Princess Jessica Murray’s parents are Bill and Jodi Murray

Award Recipients

Achievement:  Jessica Murray

Community Involvement    Aryana Villafuerte

Congeniality Award     Lauren Thompson

Most Original Speech Aryana Villafuerte

The Leman Johnson Award went to longtime Festival volunteer Janice Lawell (Lawl) for her commitment to the Festival and our community.

The 2018 Royalty will spend the next few months making over 150 appearances at various luncheons and community events and will attend out-of-town parades during the summer

Pageant Rebroadcast

Be sure to watch the rebroadcast of the pageant on the NCWLIFE Channel Monday at Noon and again Friday and Saturday at 7pm. And, coming Monday, you’ll be able to watch it on our website at www.NCWLIFE.com.


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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.